Three Tables Beach

Three Tables Beach, Oahu

Three Tables Beach (view panorama) got its name from the three sections of flat reef that appear on the ocean's surface during low tide. These formations make an interesting backdrop for one of the most attractive beaches on Oahu's North Shore.

The snorkeling and diving conditions are good if the ocean is calm, usually between May and September. The water is only about 15 feet (4.5 m) deep and you'll be able to see all kinds of colorful fish and underwater lava tubes, ledges and arches. Sometimes you can also see sea turtles here.

In the winter, the waves can reach heights of over 20 feet (6 m) in this area. This makes for a very rough and dangerous ride and is only something for experienced surfers. The surf can be unpredictable during this season, so never turn your back to the ocean when you're in the water.

Three Tables Beach Overview

  • Good snorkeling and scuba diving spot during the summer months
  • Protected marine sanctuary
  • Reef and tidepools

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Reviews and Comments:
This is a wonderful snorkeling beach in the summer and has incredible waves and sunsets in the winter. This may be my favorite sunset photo I've ever taken on a beach shoreline. (More in my Hawaii photo gallery at
Stephen Fanning, Mon Mar 28, 2016